Camera shy: Thitapah hiding behind a policeman as she leaves the court.
ALOR SETAR: It’s the gallows for a Thai woman who was caught carrying more than 18kg of cannabis at an express bus terminal in Sungai Petani in February last year.
High Court Judicial Commissioner Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab, in his judgment, said the prosecution had adduced evidence that 12 slabs of cannabis were found in a dark red-coloured luggage bag and another eight slabs inside a handheld bag carried by 36-year-old Thitapah Charoenchuea, from Khon Kaen, Thailand.
The offence, under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, was committed at the Jalan Kuala Ketil-Pekan Lama express bus terminal at 9.45pm on Feb 14 last year.
“Her defence that she was only taking care of the bags failed to cast doubt on the case presented by the prosecution,” Mohd Zaki said.
He added that the prosecution had also provided evidence that the accused, who was a marketing employee at a bridal house in Bangkok, bought two padlocks at the Changlun bus terminal to lock the bags.
In her defence, Thitapah had said she had come from Bangkok without the two bags and had boarded an express bus to Kuala Lumpur from Changlun.
She claimed that when the bus made a stopover at the Jalan Kuala Ketil-Pekan Lama terminal, a man known to her only as Ali had asked her to take care of two bags that he had placed in the luggage compartment of the bus and that he would collect them in Kuala Lumpur. Ali, however, did not board the bus.
Mitigating on her behalf, counsel Ai Cha Ran Din Chee Ron said his client was divorced with a 10-year-old daughter. She had a boyfriend from the Ivory Coast, named Smith.
DPP Nor Shuhada Mohd Yatim prosecuted the case.